Ohio farmers set to receive disaster relief


Facing widespread damage to farm equipment and fields alike this year in the state of Ohio thanks to heavy rains, tornadoes, freezes, and other natural disasters, the U.S. Department of Agriculture was prodded by Governor Ted Strickland to provide relief to those areas that were hit the worst.
The proposal asks for relief to farmers and ranchers spanning across 79 counties. Those in the designed area would be able to apply for assistance funds from the USDA’s Farm Service Agency as well as the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program.

If cleared, the assistance will help to patch up Ohio’s $98 billion food and agriculture industry. Of those 79 counties, 38 already qualify as contiguous disaster areas and another 41 are under the primary classification. Ohio Agriculture Director Robert Boggs noted that there are 75,000 farms in the state, with many of those qualifying for disaster relief funds.